2002-10-01 08:40:29.0


Story Photo After 29 years of driving a truck from eastern Missouri to California each week, a Charleston couple can now take a break after winning $100,000 by playing Powerball on Sept. 18. Mary L. Lynch, 58, said after driving that many years, she and her husband, William, are tired and look forward to slowing down.

"It’s like a dream come true," said Lynch, when she claimed her prize on Sept. 20.

Lynch said they plan to use the money to pay off some small bills they have and invest the rest. She said this win should be enough to allow them to scale back to one driving trip a month to California, instead of four.

Lynch purchased her winning ticket at Country Mart, South Main and Interstate 57 in Charleston. She selected the Quick Pick option to allow the computer to pick the numbers for her. The winning numbers were: 6, 27, 32, 42 and 44.

To date, 618 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.

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